HYDRO- Technology and Future


National Hydropower Association
Pumped storage is an essential solution for grid reliability, providing one of the few large-scale, affordable means of storing and deploying electricity. Pumped storage projects store and generate energy by moving water between two reservoirs at different elevations. At times of low electricity demand, like at night or on weekends, excess energy is used to pump water to an upper reservoir. During periods of high electricity demand, the stored water is released through turbines in the same manner as a conventional hydro station, flowing downhill from the upper reservoir into the lower and generating electricity. The turbine is then able to also act as a pump, moving water back uphill.…Continue to learn>>  

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– Conventional
Conventional hydropower projects make up the majority of the water power generated in the U.S. today and have been doing so reliably for decades.
Some conventional hydropower projects use a dam to collect and release water in controlled circumstances. Dams are often built on rivers where there is a… click image for details>>


– Conduit
In conduit hydropower, existing tunnels, canals, pipelines, aqueducts and other manmade structures that carry water are fitted with electric generating equipment. Conduit projects often qualify as small hydro, and are able to extract power from water without the need for a large dam or reservoir.

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Energy Department Awards up to $9.8 Million for Next-Generation Hydropower Technologies
The Energy Department today announced six organizations selected to receive up to $9.8 million in funding to develop innovative technologies that will reduce capital costs and deployment timelines for pumped-storage hydropower and non-powered dams. Supporting the Energy Department’s HydroNEXT initiative, these projects aim to lower costs, improve performance, and promote environmental stewardship.

Today, only three percent…>>

Hydropower is the safest and cleanest source of power generated in the world today.
For over 100 years all hydropower facilities use the free flow weight of water flowing down stream in order to spin Pelton turbines which in turn generate hydropower.   Until now…>>

Hydropower Vision: New Report Highlights Future Pathways for U.S. Hydropower
Hydropower has been around for more than a century, and is currently the nation’s largest source of clean, domestic, renewable electricity. What could its role look like in the year 2050?
So what does the future of hydropower look like?…>>

Hydropower Vision: A New Chapter for America’s 1st Renewable Electricity Source
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Chapter 1:   Introducing the Hydropower Vision

Chapter 2:   State of Hydropower in the United States

Chapter 3:   Assessment of National Hydropower Potential

Chapter 4:   The Hydropower Vision Roadmap: A Pathway Forward